|Public Invited to Riverside Workshops|
Chance to develop "shared vision" if tunnel proposal is rejected
While Hammersmith and Fulham Council joins local campaigners in fighting Thames Water's plans to build an access shaft to the proposed Thames Tunnel in Fulham's Carnwath Road, the Prince's Foundation is holding two new workshops for local people looking at the area's future if the proposal is rejected.
The two public drop-in sessions are on:
Monday, February 6, 6:30-8:30pm at Hurlingham and Chelsea School
" We will be inviting a range of local stakeholders and experts to work with us to create this vision."
This is the second round of consultations by the foundation.
In workshops held last year, local residents were able to put forward their views on the future regeneration of the area.
Last year H & F Council produced its own plans for the area, which it is calling South Fulham Riverside, in a Supplementary Planning Document.
These plans saw the building of at least 2,200 new homes, plus shops, community facilities, public spaces and the opening up of the river for water based uses.
However, the plans brings the council into direct conflict with Mayor Boris Johnson and the Port of London Authority. Hurlingham Wharf, part of the land on Carnwath Road earmarked by Thames Water is a safeguarded wharf, which means it is protected from redevelopment into non-port use.
Of the 25 safeguarded wharves west of the Thames Barrier, Hurlingham is one of three chosen to be brought back into industrial use.
The council, which has fought a sustained battle against the entire Thames Tunnel project, has also published its formal response to Thames Water’s phase 2 consultation to argue that Carnwath Road is a completely unacceptable site as:
The council is backing a call from The Mayor of London to the Water Minister, Richard Benyon MP, asking him to instruct Thames Water to extend the consultation period to the end of March 2012.
The council is also claiming that the threat to Carnwath Road, or the alternative site across the river in Barn Elms could be minimised, by the expansion of a separate construction site earmarked by Thames Water in Kirtling Street in Wandsworth.
This questionnaire, a shortened version of the one produced by Thames Water can be found here.
If you would prefer to take part in Thames Water's own consultation, go here.
February 2, 2012